Due to the ongoing state budget crisis, The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College will close June 30.
The SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with funds disbursed through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. JJC Corporate and Community Services Director Amy Murphy was informed in May that the center would not receive any more funds until the state had a budget.
“I was hopeful we could have a budget this year, but unfortunately, that did not happen,” Murphy said.
The SBDC at JJC has been open for 30 years. During that time, it has served more than 6,500 small businesses and almost 9,000 people attended various workshops and seminars. The center serves an average of 225 clients a year, helping entrepreneurs start new businesses or expand existing ones.
“During our time with the SBDC, we have had the privilege of helping a variety of businesses from trucking to hair care to food service to consulting,” Murphy said. “These entrepreneurs’ enthusiasm and energy was contagious, and we enjoyed working with each of them. We want to thank them for sharing their dreams with us, and we wish them nothing but the best with their businesses.”
Murphy also said the Corporate and Community Services Division remains committed to connecting existing and future clients with the resources they need to be successful. For more information, clients can email firstname.lastname@example.org.